What is the Gospel?
The Gospel is the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ; the word of truth offered to mankind by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. As revealed in the Bible, it is a message not only of eternal life, but one that encompasses the total plan of God to redeem people from the ravages of sin, death, Satan, and the curse that now covers the earth. Through Jesus' sinless life, sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection, a restored relationship with God and new spiritual life has been made available to all who put saving faith in Jesus.
Mankind is hopelessly separated from God by sin. Thankfully, Romans 5:8 tells us, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." The Gospel’s great theme follows, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
God’s eternal saving purpose is expressed in Jesus’ own words, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Jesus lived a sinless life and died a sacrificial death on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins. Jesus is the only solution for sin! "For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Tim. 2:5).
Being a Christian is certainly not a matter of good works. Salvation is solely by grace through faith. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast (Ephesians 2:8–9). Our repentance (or turning away) from sin and turning to faith in Jesus Christ is the Bible's blueprint for salvation.
Every believer receives the Holy Spirit as a "deposit" of God's promise (Ephesians 1:13-14). The Holy Spirit also conforms us to the image of Jesus, which is expressed through outwardly visible actions and attitudes - "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23).
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